Colorado, Wherever My Story Takes Me
My brother got this jacket for me in fall 2009, I have worn it absolutely every season, and every time I go out without it, I wish I had it. It is coffee-stained, a little wrinkled, well-loved, and still my go-to for winter weather. I'll admit, I have tried on warmer jackets, but I've never NEEDED anything warmer than this; throw a waterproof shell overtop in extreme conditions and you're set for whatever might come. It moves well, it packs well, it does it's job, and I've only lost maybe a tiny handful of stuffing in 4 years.
The hood might be my favorite extreme -cold feature, fitting over a helmet, hugging my face comfortably and being easy to adjust.
This isn't an extremely durable piece (see: lightweight), but it's held up to a few intense bush-wacking sessions, a few solid ski runs through forested terrain, and been squashed and snagged on 4 years-worth of gear ranging from casual hiker to vertical mountaineering.
When this jacket finally gives in to all the crap I've put it through, I'll probably be shopping for the same one!
No, not too thin for an ATC (though it will make your heart pound the first couple times you use it). With any purchase, I'd say to test the gear out at home before you go outside with it so there aren't any surprises when you really need it. On that note, I don't use my 9.5 as much because I'm climbing mostly on sharp granite on moderate trad routes, which leads to a lot of abrasion. I'm happier with my 9.8 or even a 10.2, especially if it's getting used A LOT. Save this guy for redpointing and hard sport routes!
In terms of size, this pack would probably do quite well, being in the over 5000 cu in category. You could (but probably should not) go smaller depending on how often you plan to re-supply and how much you're willing to give up in exchange for weight savings. Do you have any specific concerns?
PS if you're traveling with a partner, you can share group gear and save on overall weight.
The Gore-tex pro shell is a slightly textured nylon hardshell material. It feels more like a rain jacket, but not the super slippery variety you often find. It is not a soft shell, but it breathes pretty darn well and is bomb-proof. I find it to be more 'stiff' when folded while still moving and breathing nicely during high-output activities like ice climbing.
Most Kelty backpacks have a pouch in the main pocket for your hydration bladder. This will be on the inner wall of the backpack closest to your body while you're wearing it (water is heavy, and heavy objects are better packed closer to your center of mass). When you pack your bladder, the tube should be on the bottom so it will always be covered in water and you won't be sucking air when you're exhausted and thirsty.
The "snake" is a little harder to find. It's usually a little hole about where your neck should be between that pocket and the outside of the pack, and may be labeled with a little "H2O" or a water droplet. You can sometimes find it offset to one side towards the top seam of the main pocket. My advice, feel around for it until your finger goes through something. It's often covered by a water-resistant top material.
I would go with the Large. I am 5'8", 165 Lb and feel I would be constricted in anything smaller than my large ama dablam. More jacket means more insulation and protection from the elements, as well as more layering options.
I just got the laceup version of this shoe and ordered my street size (8.5). The shoe as adjusted so that your normal street size will perform aggressively as a climbing shoe, therefor: order a 9 or 9.5. The synthetic upper won't stretch much... at all.
The good news is that these two are pretty much the same shoe. I would say the lace-up version is a little more flexible than the velcro, so if you want a more aggressive fit similar to the velcro, go an additional half size down and play with the lacing.
I like the boot idea, but I don't know if that will affect your dog's ability to swim or not in the same way that some water shoes don't do people any favors...
We used high-traction abrasive grip tape on the starting platforms while I was on the high school swim team. This stuff rrrreally sticks and might be just enough to give your dog the friction s/he needs. It's also pretty cheap and comes in different colors.
Link is work/family safe: http://safewaytraction.com/AbrasiveAntiSlipTape.htm
Mid-year sale. Grab it!
Mmm. Be careful getting a large. I'm 5'8" and 165 lbs and only buy large in jackets with an "athletic" fit. This jacket already has a "baggy" fit, meaning a medium is going to fit closer to an XL tshirt. You might swim in a large jacket.
The Mad Pad has an extra inch of foam padding and is quite a bit stiffer than the Bailout, which adds a little confidence on high boulder problems where big falls onto uneven terrain are likely. It has the added advantage of backpack straps instead of basic carry handles, and the nylon doesn't pick up much debris like some liners do. It's not as comfy for midday catnaps, but it's a lot of pad for the money.
Decided to show a little goat pride while re-furbishing my helmet...
I agree with Ryan: get a 9 and see if it fits. Keep your sock thickness in mind as well!
A Medium should fit you very well and give enough room for your other layers.
Osprey bladders are tough because they aren't transparent. It's simple enough for me to put my camelbak on the top of my pack where it's easy to get to and show security personnel (when asked) that, as Phil put it: "empty is empty." I've never been asked about it though, and only carried my camelbak reservoir three or four times through an airport.
You may have better luck looking in the mountaineering boot category: http://www.backcountry.com/store/search.html?mv_session_id=2EEXMub4&aff=1&q=mountaineering+boots
I own and LOVE the La Sportiva EVOs.
This jacket will keep pretty much anything off, but that means it will keep pretty much everything in, too. Ultra-lightweight shells tend to have zero breathability because of the tight weave required to make a single-layer waterproof fabric.
It's better than a heavy-duty garbage back!
This WILL keep the snow out, but not the cold. Layer up! I really enjoy skiing, etc in a heavy fleece and my rain shell, which is similar to this jacket.
What temperatures are you looking at? Primaloft is a great synthetic insulation material which--fun fact--will work even when wet. However as a mid-layer this is not going to be a stand-alone jacket. You will need to layer if the weather gets chilly (think at or below freezing) for an extended period or if things get really wet. This will do well on its own in cool weather (at or above freezing) and under a shell in nasty weather, or if you're getting hot and sweaty in cold weather... The Nano Puff pullover is going to perform very similarly as far as warmth with the main difference being in the shell material and how the insulation is distributed throughout the jacket (I'm not sure if the insulation is sewn into individual compartments on the zephyrus, as with the Nano). Fewer seams means lower likelihood of snagging on brush, etc.
Long story short: this a great light-weight insulating midlayer and will be a powerful tool in your outdoor apparel arsenal. Layer up! A medium should fit great. I'm 5'8", 165 and broad shouldered and will fit into a medium, but I prefer a large.
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